The Foxes inched closer to both the Sky Bet Championship title and a place in the Barclays Premier League next year as they defeated Burnley 2-0 to open up a six-point gap at the top with a absolutely stunning away performance at Turf Moor. The Clarets had not lost at home in the league in over a year yet they were soundly beaten by the table-topping Foxes, who struck in both halves through David Nugent and Chris Wood. Pearson has maintained that his side “have work still to do” if they are to win promotion from the Championship this season. The Foxes, who moved 16 points clear of Queens Park Rangers in third place with victory over Burnley earlier today, are now runaway favourites to secure the league title.

“It was a great win and a great performance against a really good side,” the 50-year-old told reporters following the game. “It’s not done yet, we have work still to do.

“It remains a tough league to win games in. We’ll give everyone the respect they deserve in the remaining games.”

Leicester are back in action on Tuesday night when they take on Wigan Athletic.

Match statistics

Shots: 11
On target: 3
Possession: 50%
Corners: 4
Fouls: 12

Shots: 14
On target: 2
Possession: 50%
Corners: 7
Fouls: 8

Was the result fair?

Absolutely. Leicester’s strength in depth was fully evident today as Burnley struggled with several missing key players, never really troubling the pacesetting Foxes. As you can see above, there were not many shots on target, but it was always Leicester who looked more threatening.

Burnley’s performance

You have to feel for Sean Dyche, who had to start the match without three of his regular starters – Kieran Trippier, Dean Marney and Danny Ings – and then lost second top scorer Sam Vokes to injury inside the opening 10 minutes. The Clarets’ lack of squad depth was therefore exposed and you have to wonder if they will be able to survive if they manage to secure promotion to the top flight. Even though today’s loss will have hurt, Burnley should still secure promotion and Dyche will be praying that the injury suffered today by Vokes isn’t too serious.

Leicester’s performance

Unlike Dyche, Nigel Pearson was able to name the same starting lineup for the sixth game running. His side looked much more cohesive and dominated today’s game. They’re so consistent across the park and barely put a foot wrong today, with the quality strikes by Nugent and Wood proving to be the difference. Although it’s not officially confirmed yet, Leicester are going to be promoted and now haven’t lost in the league for almost four months.


Anthony Knockaert: As so often this season, it was a solid team performance from the Foxes and therefore hard to single out one man. About four or five Leicester players could be here, but we’re going to reward Knockaert for his pesky trickery and energetic closing down all game long.

Biggest gaffe

There wasn’t one mistake that stood out more than the rest but because of the importance of the miss, we’re singling out Scott Arfield for not really troubling Kasper Schmeichel when gifted a one-on-one opportunity byWes Morgan’s slip.

Referee performance

Premier League regular Chris Foy took charge today and made a few bad decisions. Leicester should have had a penalty in the first half when Jason Shackell clearly held Jamie Vardy’s arm in the box. Then, just before half time, Burnley wanted a spot kick when two Leicester players handled the ball. Foy blew up for a foul on Burnley when there was very little contact.